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Thursday, February 7th
(All times Eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (4-4-0) at Ottawa Senators (6-3-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators hope to have a better offensive effort
against the Carolina Hurricanes after failing to score against the them in a
meeting last week.
The Senators will aim for a bit of revenge for that 1-0 loss at Carolina when
they host the Hurricanes in Thursday's game at Scotiabank Place.
Carolina posted the win over Ottawa on Friday as Dan Ellis turned aside 33
shots for the 13th shutout of his career. Eric Staal scored the game's only
goal and the Hurricanes earned their ninth victory in the last 10 home
meetings against the Sens.
All told, the 'Canes have claimed three straight and six of the last eight
encounters with Ottawa. Carolina also has taken two of the last three in
Canada's capital city, but the Senators still have eight victories in the
previous 11 matchups at Scotiabank Place.
Ottawa's recent loss to Carolina was the first of two straight setbacks, but
the Sens avoided a third consecutive defeat when they beat the visiting
Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.
Chris Neil's second-period goal proved to be the difference, as Ottawa held
off the Sabres, 4-3. Erik Karlsson, Chris Phillips and Daniel Alfredsson each
scored once, while Peter Regin added a pair of assists for the Senators. Craig
Anderson saved 20 shots in the triumph.
"Our guys were doing whatever it takes," Anderson said of the victory.
"Everyone did their little part to help the team win, and we were all pulling
on that rope in the same direction."
Tuesday's contest marked the start of a four-game homestand for Ottawa, which
has yet to suffer a regulation loss in five outings (4-0-1) this season at
Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar is probable for Thursday's game after
missing the previous two tilts with a bout of the flu. Forward Guillaume
Latendresse, meanwhile, has sat out the last three games with whiplash and is
questionable against Carolina.
Although Carolina followed its win last week over Ottawa with a loss in
Philadelphia, the Hurricanes were able to rebound with Monday's 4-1 victory in
Toronto. Jordan Staal and Patrick Dwyer each recorded a goal and an assist,
while Cam Ward stopped 41 shots to lift the Hurricanes to the triumph at Air
Staal, who was acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh at last year's draft,
scored his first goal in a Hurricanes' sweater, beating James Reimer with a
backhander from in close.
"It was nice to get that first one out of the way to get us all going," said
Staal. "Hopefully there will be many more after that."
Eric Staal, older brother of Jordan, and Justin Faulk also tallied, while Jeff
Skinner posted three assists for the Hurricanes, who have won four of their
Carolina is in the midst of its longest road trip of the season and is playing
the third test of the six-game swing on Thursday. The Hurricanes are 2-2-0 on
the road this season.
02/07 10:30:50 ET